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        Complete Set of First Editions of Ian Fleming's James Bond Novels The Works comprise: Casino Royale, Live and Let Die, Moonraker, Diamonds Are Forever, From Russia With Love, Dr. No, Goldfinger, For Your Eyes Only (short stories containing From A View To A Kill and Quantum of Solace), Thunderball, The Spy Who loved Me, On Her Majesties Secret Service, You Only Live Twice, The Man with the Golden Gun, Octopussy and The Living Daylights.

      London: Jonathan Cape 1953-1966. 14 volumes; octavo. FIRST IMPRESSIONS, with a leaf SIGNED BY IAN FLEMING included in the first title. Beautifully bound in full deep red oasis morocco with gilt raised bands and gilt titles to spines, '007 device blocked in gilt to upper, gilt edges, black endpapers. Internally clean; binding fine. Housed in a fleece-lined slipcase. An impressive set; 'The most famous spy in literature' - Steinbrunner and Penzler. This first edition collection with the author's signature comes with reassuring provenance, having been assembled by Ian Fleming bibliographer Jon Gilbert.

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington]
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        L'Innommable. [Dedicace / Signed / Inscribed]

      Paris: Les Éditions de Minuit, . First edition of the final installment in Beckett"s magnificent trilogy of Novels (Molloy / Malone Dies / The Unnamable). Publisher's original printed wrappers. Inscribed by Beckett to his Swedish translator Carl Gustaf Birger Bjurström in the year of publication: "Pour Monsieur Bjurström - Hommage Samuel Beckett - Paris, Juin 1953." A review copy with Minuit's diagnostic "clover" punchout in the upper margin of the final 21 pages. Bjurström's pencilled notes cover the final blank and both sides of the rear wrap. Original brochure slightly detached. Still a very good condition of this excellent early presentation copy of a major title in Becketts' opus. . Paris, Les Éditions de Minuit, 1953. 8°. 262 pages. Softcover / Broché. First edition of the final installment in Beckett"s magnificent trilogy of Novels (Molloy / Malone Dies / The Unnamable). Publisher's original printed wrappers. Inscribed by Beckett to his Swedish translator Carl Gustaf Birger Bjurström in the year of publication: "Pour Monsieur Bjurström - Hommage Samuel Beckett - Paris, Juin 1953." A review copy with Minuit's diagnostic "clover" punchout in the upper margin of the final 21 pages. Bjurström's pencilled notes cover the final blank and both sides of the rear wrap. Original brochure slightly detached. Still a very good condition of this excellent early presentation copy of a major title in Becketts' opus.

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        Second foundation

      Gnome Press. [1953]. "First edition, 8vo, pp. [10], 210; publisher's blue cloth in jacket; near fine in very good jacket with some very small chips at extremities (repaired with tape on verso), rear panel rubbed."

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        ORIGINAL PANORAMIC PHOTOGRAPH OF THE 11TH WORLD SCIENCE FICTION CONVENTION - PHILADELPHIA, 1953

      Philadelphia: S.i., 1953. Original silver gelatin photograph by "Zinni" measuring ca.19" x 8", tastefully matted and framed to an overall size of ca.22.5" x 12.15". Fine condition (not examined out of frame). Known as Philcon II, the 1953 World Science Fiction Convention was held at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel in September, 1953. A momentous occasion in the history of science fiction literature, as it was the first convention to present the Hugo Award. Although no award was presented in 1954, the Hugo has been awarded annually by the World Science Fiction Convention since 1955. The photograph pictures a banquet hall filled with hundreds of men and women from the golden age of the business. Among the many attendees were: Forrest J. Ackerman, Poul Anderson, Isaac Asimov (toastmaster), Alfred Bester, Hannes Bok, Anthony Boucher, Ray Bradbury, John W. Campbell Jr., L. Sprague de Camp, Lester del Rey, August Derleth, Ed Emshwiller, Philip José Farmer, Virgil Finlay, Fritz Leiber, Willy Ley (guest of honor), A.E. Van Vogt, and Jack Williamson. The first Hugo winners were Alfred Bester (novel), Ed Emshwiller and Hannes Bok (cover artists, tied), Virgil Finlay (interior illustrator), Philip José Farmer (new science fiction author), Forrest J. Ackerman (#1 fan personality), and Willy Ley (excellence in fact articles). An exceptional item, capturing perhaps the most significant moment in the history of science fiction literature. Provenance: from the collection of

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        ORIGINAL ART: GIANT GOLDEN BOOK OF CAT STORIES

      - ROJANKOVSKY,FEODOR. ORIGINAL ART: GIANT GOLDEN BOOK OF CAT STORIES. Offered here are 4 fine original watercolors that appear on pp. 19 and 54 of The Giant Book Of Cat Stories published by Golden Books in 1953. The 4 images are attractively mounted, matted and framed to 35 inches wide x 12" high. They could be separated and framed individually. The first image is a great seaside scene. The cat is the captain of a cruise ship and he wears a cap and smokes a pipe. The ship, palm trees and low buildings make a charming Mediterranean scene. It measures 4 1/2" square. The next watercolor shows the prow of a working sailboat with workers closing the sails in port. The foreground shows the old captain smoking a pipe. He is leaning over to receive a cat given to him by a little girl. The image measures 8" wide x 5 1/2" high with a corner clipped. The third image shows a variety of brightly colored ships and boats in the harbor. In the foreground the cat captain is smoking his pipe, wearing his cap and a sweater. The image measures 4 1/4" wide x 6" high. The final piece is a different view of the same harbor with a lighthouse in the background and the sky coloring at dusk. The captain is talking with another cat leaning on a railing. The image measures 3 3/4" wide x 4 1/2" high. Rojankovsky was a Russian emigre artist who became an important illustrator of children's books. He illustrated the Domino Press' landmark Daniel Boone, and won the Caldecott Award in 1956 for Frog Went A'Courtin. Original art by Rojan rarely appears on the market and these are great images.

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        MADELINE'S RESCUE

      BEMELMANS, LUDWIG. BEMELMANS,LUDWIG. MADELINE'S RESCUE. NY: Viking 1953 (1953). Folio (9 x 12 1/4"), cloth, 56p., Fine in dust wrapper lightly frayed at spine ends. First Edition. Madeline is saved from drowning by a dog, beautifully illustrated in color by the author. This is an unusually nice copy, rare in this condition. CALDECOTT AWARD WINNER.

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        Expedition to Earth

      Ballantine Books 1953 - New York: Ballantine Books, 1953: Signed. First Edition, First Printing. Signed by the author on the front free end paper. In Near Fine+ condition, in a Near Fine+ dust jacket, with price of $2.00 intact. Spine ends bruised, though more significant at head, light toning to pages, else fine. The dust jacket shows a few tiny edge tears, faint soiling and faint toning, crimping at the spine ends. An exceptional copy, signed by the author. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        Fine bird books 1700 - 1900

      Collins & Van Nostrand, London & New York 1953 - First edition limited to 2000 copies, this one of 295 numbered and signed by the three authors and printed on Pannekoek mould made paper; large folio, pp. [8], 120; 16 plates in color; 22 full-page illustrations in black & white; generally a fine copy of the best issue of a standard work, bound in original half red morocco over marbled boards, gilt-lettered spine, publisher's slipcase a bit rubbed. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Rulon-Miller Books (ABAA / ILAB)]
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        The Spirit of St. Louis.

      Scribner's Sons, New York 1953 - First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by Charles Lindbergh on the title page prior to publication, "To Peter H. Vermilye With best wishes from Charles A Lindbergh August, 1953 Publication date is Sept. 14th." The recipient, Peter Vermilye was a leading figure in Boston's financial community and a trustee at Boston University for 38 years. Some rubbing to the spine ends, an excellent copy in a near fine dust jacket. Winner of the 1954 Pulitzer Prize for Autobiography, this is Charles Lindbergh's riveting account of the first nonstop flight between the United States and Europe he undertook in 1927. "At its exciting best, this book keeps the reader cockpit close to a rare adventure" (Time). [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        ASCENS I DESCENS DE L'INTEL.LECTE

      Joan Sallent Sucr. Barcelona. 1953. 35X26. Holandesa pergami. 175Pág+8f+carpeta amb la serie completa de proves en sanguina de totes las planxes i vinyetes que conté aquesta Obra. L'exemplar tambe conte una planxa original. Monumental Obra de bibliófil amb un total de 21 Aiguaforts. Tirada de 16 exemplars numerats en numeros romans (Nº VII). Espectacular. Amb estuig (lleument obert). Ref 7.2 Biblioteca A.. Firmado por el autor. Edición Especial. Encuadernación de tapa dura. Excelente.

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        Junkie. William Lee [with, dos à dos:] HELBRANT, Maurice. Narcotic Agent

      New York: Ace Books, Inc, 1953. First edition of Burroughs' first book. Ace Double Books D-15. 1 vols. 12mo. Original pictorial wrappers. Some wear, first leaf ("Publisher's Note") detached. Inscribed on the title-page "For Robert Wilson, William S. Burroughs".

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        Junkie

      New York: Ace Books, Inc,, 1953. Confessions of an unredeemed Drug Addict [bound together with an abridged reprint of] Narcotic Agent, [by] Maurice Helbrant, Formerly of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, United States Treasury Department. Perfect-bound reversible "Ace Double". Original pictorial wrappers. Tiny number ink stamp to first leaf of Narcotic Agent. Extremities a little rubbed, small creases to corners of wrapper on Narcotic Agent side, contents toned as usual. An excellent copy. First edition, first printing. Containing Burroughs's first book, this is by far the most collectible of the Ace Double Books series.

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        Derriere Le Miroir N 60-61. Kandinsky 1923-1938. Oct-Nov. 1953

      Paris: Maeght Editeur, 1953. First Edition. Paperback. Very good. 16 pages 5 magnificant lithographs in color. Good to very good condition, spine area has 5" tear at top, and 1" at bottom, inside very clean

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        The Sea Fishes of Southern Africa

      Central News Agency, South Africa, 1953, Hardcover, Book Condition: Fair, Dust Jacket Condition: Poor, 2nd Edition564 pages (complete). A much owned book in sturdy, sound repair. Published in 1953 this is a revised and enlarged edition of the second edition. From the legendary J.L.B. Smith. The dustjacket is prettily illustrated; it has much wear and tear and creasing. It is, however, secure and whole. The decorated green cover is strong, muscular and resolute. The gold print and decorations are fresh and bright. There is wear to the corners and edges. The papertrims are tanned and marked by handling and shelving. The early and later pages are foxed. The contents from thereon are polished and clean, clear. The pages are tight, very assured, vibrant and very confident. fk Quantity Available: 1. Category: Africana - Fish; Inventory No: aqmd.

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        Childhood's End

      Ballantine Books. Book Condition: Hardcover Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Childhood's End FIRST EDITION Arthur C Clarke 1ST PRINTING 1953 Rare Book

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        The Marilyn Monroe Story

      New York; Rudolph Field. 1953, 1953. First Edition. 8vo. Publisher's bright yellow paper coloured boards with some exciting offsetting from the dustwrapper. Titled in red to front board. A fine copy were it not for the discolouration. Sharp and tight. In a very good indeed priceclipped dustwrapper with minor edgewear and slight sunning to spine panel. Scarce in hardback this is the first official book on Miss Monroe, and contains a number of "Personality Photos" many of which prove that she had considerable quantities of personality. Quite a charming object, scarce in this format.

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books]
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        Garten und Landschaft. Hefte der deutschen Gesellschaft für Gartenkunst und Landschaftspflege e. V.

      München, Callway, 1953 - 1981.. Jahrgänge 63 - 91 in 29 Bänden. Mit tausenden Abbildungen. 4°. Grüne Original-Leineneinbände.. ISSN: 0016-4720. Titel rückseitig gestempelt und Buchrücken mit Bibliotheks-Signatur-Schild.

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        The Violins of Saint-Jacques. A Tale of the Antilles. (WITH SIGNED BOOKPLATE)

      John Murray and Derek Verschoyle, London, 1953. First Edition, first printing of the author's uncommon second book and only novel. This copy from the library of noted book collector J.E. 'One-armed Jack' Davies with his personal bookplate which has been SIGNED by Patrick Leigh Fermor pasted to the half-title. 8vo. 139pp. Green cloth lettered in gold at spine. Map-illustrated endpapers and five unaccredited decorations in the text (apparently by Robin Ironside, who also provides the dust wrapper design). Extremities of backstrip lightly discoloured and with some crinkling to the half-title, caused by the bookplate glue. Very good indeed and housed in the handsome double-spread pictorial dust wrapper, nicked at spine ends and tips of several corners with several small portions of loss. An uncommon book, very desirable even without the signature.. Signed by Author(s). 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Good.

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        Casino Royale

      London: Jonathan Cape 1953, 1953. FIRST IMPRESSION, Second Issue. Publisher's black cloth-effect paper over boards with red titles and 'Heart' design to upper, in the second issue (overprinted) dust-jacket, priced at 10s.6d. The book is near fine, with a gentle spine lean, edges quite clean with little of the usual toning and spotting. The wrapper is bright, with mild edgewear, a couple of tiny chips and some unobtrusive scratches/impressions to rear panel. A pleasing copy, housed in a leather-spined clamshell box. Gilbert A1a (1.2), selected title for World Book Night (2013)

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books]
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        Ms. Brief mit eigenh. U.

      Erlenbach, Zürich, 14. IV. 1953. - 1½ SS. 4to. An eine Dame: "Es war etwas leichtsinnig von Ihnen, mir unangemeldet Ihr Manuskript zugehen zu lassen. Solche Sendungen erhalte ich in allzu grosser Zahl, und es würde meine keineswegs unbegrenzten Kräfte übersteigen, mich auch nur flüchtig damit zu beschäftigen, sodass ich gezwungen bin, sie einfach zurückzuschicken. In Ihrem Falle aber, da Sie sich auf unsere liebe alte Freundin Frau Reiff beriefen und auch noch mit dem Hinweis auf Tolstoi an mein Gewissen appellierten, habe ich doch, sowie ich eine freie Stunde hatte, Ihre ja nicht sehr umfangreiche Arbeit gelesen. Ich nehme an, Sie möchten meine ehrliche Meinung hören, die aber keineswegs durchaus positiv ist. Wenn Sie daran denken, die Novelle zu veröffentlichen, so müsste sie jedenfalls sprachlich noch gründlich durchgearbeitet werden, vor allem auch die erstaunlich willkürliche Interpunktion [.]". - Auf Briefpapier mit gedr. Briefkopf.

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat INLIBRIS Gilhofer Nfg. GmbH]
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        Acta Metallurgica.

      New York, Pergamon Press, 1953-1979... Jahrgänge 1 (1953) - 27 (1979) in 42 Bänden. 4°. Grüne Leineneinbände.. ISSN: 0001-6160. Titel rückseitig gestempelt, ansonsten gutes Exemplar.

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        Lucky Jim

      London, Victor Gollancz,, 1953. Octavo. Finely bound by The Chelsea Bindery in full green morocco, titles to spine gilt, inner dentelles gilt, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. A fine copy. First Edition, First Impression.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        The Birds of the British Isles. 12 volume set

      Edinburgh Oliver & Boyd 1953. VG : in very good condition without dust jacket First Edition Green hardback cloth cover with gilt lettering to spine 280mm x 190mm (11" x 7"). 4177pp. Numerous colour plates. [387]. Published: 1953-63.

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        Casino Royale

      UK: Jonathan Cape, 1953. 1st Edition 1st Printing. Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine. Casino Royale by Ian Fleming First Edition Jonathan Cape 1953. First impression. No inscriptions, no foxing or browning to pages. Covers near fine in a near fine, unclipped and completely unrestored first state jacket priced at 10/6.

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        Casino Royale (a James Bond novel)

      London: Jonathan Cape. 1953, 1953. FIRST EDITION, Third Impression. The publisher's book production ledger confirms this is the RAREST CAPE IMPRESSION (by a country mile). Octavo, pp.218. Publisher's black cloth-effect paper over boards, decorated with heart motif to upper, lettered in red to spine. In the correct original dust-wrapper with a few chips and tears to the spine, area of browning to rear panel and reverse side, slight lean. No inscriptions or price-clipping. A used but presentable copy. Scarce. The first James Bond novel. Gilbert A1a (3).

      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books]
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        The Fourier Transform of a Coiled-Coil", AND "The packing of -Helices: Simple Coiled-Coils in Acta Crystallographica, Volume 6, Part 8-9, pp. 678-685 and pp. 689-698

      - FIRST EDITION IN PAPER WRAPS OF TWO HISTORIC PAPERS BY FRANCIS CRICK PRESENTING THE FIRST ATTEMPT AT USING SECONDARY-STRUCTURE ELEMENTS TO MODEL THE TERTIARY STRUCTURE OF A PROTEIN - THE ALPHA-HELICAL COILED COIL. "Crick's molecular model for the coiled coil - entailing left-handed supercoils, heptad repeats and knobs-into-holes packing - has been seen as the definitive account of this structure" (Gruber, Another 50th Anniversary, Trends in Biochemical Science, 12, pp. 679). "In these papers, [Crick presents] a parametric model for coiled coils of two and three parallel -helices, supercoiled in the opposite direction of the helices and held together by a defined side-chain packing geometry. Particularly noteworthy is Crick's anticipation that packing would be driven by the hydrophobic nature of side-chains and that, therefore, the sequence of coiled coils would show a periodicity of polar and non-polar residues. This occurred at a time when the biophysics of protein folding were unknown and even the exact sequence of a protein still remained to be determined" (Gruber). "In 1953, Crick and Linus Pauling both proposed models of supercoiled helices? These were the first attempts at modeling the tertiary structure of a protein. Crick emphasized the packing mode of the side-chains ('knobs-into-holes'), which required a periodicity of 7/2 helical turns and a supercoil in the opposite sense of the constituent helices. By contrast, Pauling envisaged a broader set of periodicities and supercoils of both senses" (Gruber). It was Crick's model, however, that "became canonical and [his] 'heptad repeat' [is] essentially synonymous with coiled coils" (ibid). Crick's idea derived "from model-building experiments which show that if the helices are distorted systematically in the manner proposed, the side chains of one helix can be made to interlock with the holes between side chains of its neighbor" (Neurath, 903). In these papers, Crick develops these ideas. In the first, he obtains an expression for and "gives a theory for the Fourier transform of a coiled coil" (ibid). He presents the Fourier transforms for both a continuous coiled-coil, "and for a set of atoms spaced at regular intervals along a coiled-coil" (Crick, 685). In the second paper, Crick "introduces the first packing scheme for helices using a graphical construction referred to as the knobs into holes model" (Ghelis, 68). He "first described how a simplified view of the surface features of an -helix could be seen to restrict the crossing angle of a close-packed pair of helices. If the side chains are considered as simple knobs and the spaces between the knobs as holes, then if a pair of helices is to brought into extended close contact, a series of the knobs must fit into corresponding hole regions. From the geometry of -helices and simplifying assumptions, he derived crossing angles for both parallel and antiparallel helices that would enable this type of packing" (Frishman, Structural Bioinformatics). "Crick's initial communication was a one-page letter in Nature providing barely enough detail to show that he had obtained a parametrization of the coiled coil based on a periodicity of 7/2, which allowed the side-chains to interlock systematically? However, the actual equations, or indeed any explicit mention of the 7/2 periodicity and of the handedness of the supercoil it entails, are missing from [that communication]. All these aspects and more were covered in great detail in [these] two back-to-back papers by Crick inActa Crystallographica? which still represent the main reference point for the field today" (Gruber). CONDITION & DETAILS: Copenhagen: Munksgaard Ltd. First edition in original wraps. 4to. (256 x 188mm). Pp. 673-752. Meticulously re-backed at the spine with the original spine label. Pristine condition inside and out. Fine.

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        The Ascent of Everest

      London:: Hodder & Stoughton,. 1953.. Proof. A proof copy of an account of the first successful ascent of Everest by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. Brown kraft paper wrappers marked "Not Final Copy Set from Collected Galleys NB", with a stamp on the brown paper wrapper to be returned to Curtis Brown, publishers in New York. 8vo, 284pp, with a new set pf pages 283 - 290 loosely inserted at the back. A couple of penciled notations - on "Illustrations in Colour", a note that says '16 pp probably' and '48pp probably' on "Photographs". All page numbes are shown as zeros. Loosely inserted is a typescript of the forward by H.R.H., with 'The Duke of Edinburgh' struck out. Wrappers a little browned and a light crease through first couple pageso/w very good.

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        Expedition to Earth

      New York: Ballantine Books, 1953: Signed. First Edition, First Printing. Signed by the author on the front free end paper. In Near Fine+ condition, in a Near Fine+ dust jacket, with price of $2.00 intact. Spine ends bruised, though more significant at head, light toning to pages, else fine. The dust jacket shows a few tiny edge tears, faint soiling and faint toning, crimping at the spine ends. An exceptional copy, signed by the author.

      [Bookseller: Burnside Rare Books]
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        Miro.

      Editions Pierre à Feu, A. Maeght, Paris, 1953 - Paris, Editions Pierre à Feu, A. Maeght Juin, Juillet Aout 1953 28 x 38 cm. 16 S. inkl. Umschlag mit 11(von 12) Originallithographien. Originalumschlag. Originalausgabe. - Ohne die 5teilige Lithographie "Nocturne". Das Heft erschien aus Anlass des 60. Geburtstages des Künstlers. - Mit handschriftlicher Widmung von Miro auf dem Umschlag "à Maurice Abra, amicalement". Es könnte sich beim Widmungsempfänger um den Dirigenten Maurice Abravanel handeln, - Umschlag fleckig und gebräunt. Einige Randläsuren. Sprache: N [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

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        QUADERNI DELL'ISTITUTO DI STORIA DELL'ARCHITETTURA. Facoltà di Architettura Universita' di Roma. Redazione: Prof. Vincenzo Fasolo, Arch. Leonardo Benevolo, Arch. Furio Fasolo, Arch. Giuseppe Zander.

      In - 4, 5 voll., mz. tela. Raccolta di studi storici dell?architettura, ca. 20 / 16 pagg. cad. fascicolo, con numerose illustrazioni in b.n.nel testo (foto e disegni), pubblicati con cadenza irregolare. Disponibile una collezione cosi' composta: primi 24 numeri, dal luglio 1953 (n. 1) al giugno 1957 + altri 42 numeri consecutivi, dal 49 / 50 (Anno 1962) all'85 / 90 (Anno 1968). In questi volumi sono stati inseriti anche: "Quaderni dell'Istituto di Urbanistica": n. 1 (1957), pp. 60 - n. 2 (1960) "I comuni fra la bassa Valle dell'Aniene ed il Tevere", pp. 116. "Quaderni dell'Istituto di Ricerca Urbanologica e Tecnica della Pianificazione": n. 3 (1966) "Il territorio della media Valle del Tevere, pp. 206 - "Il comprensorio tra la Via Flaminia e il mare", pp. 218. Esemplare ben conservato.

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        L'arrache-coeur

      First edition, one of 100 numbered on pure vellum wire Marais, only large papers. Foreword by Raymond Queneau. Rare copy and pleasant. Vrille Paris 1953 12x19cm broché

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        A tale of satisfied desire

      Paris: The Olympia Press 8vo (18.3 cm, 7.2"). 105, [5] pp.. July 1953 First English edition of the novella Histoire de l'oeil (1928) by French writer Georges Bataille (1897–1962). In each chapter, the young male narrator describes a sexual encounter with his friend Simone accompanied by a varying group of girls and boys who also enjoy asphyxiophilia, anal stimulation, exhibitionism, clothes wetting and other forms of urolagnia. Histoire de l'oeil was translated from the French as A tale of satisfied desire by "Audiart," a pseudonym for Austryn Wainhouse (a.k.a. Pieralessandro Casavini), an American Harvard graduate employed by the Olympia Press in Paris who received the National Book Award in 1972 for his translation of Jacques Monod's Chance and Necessity. Adapted from Bataille's revised text, first printed in 1944 — the second version, and standard French edition — this translation appeared about the same time as the third French edition. Bataille worked on other projects with both Wainhouse and Maurice Girodias, founder of the Olympia Press, and probably knew of this translation. The Olympia Press specialized in providing the types of books that would be automatically banned in Britain and the United States. The first to publish Nabokov's Lolita and Donleavy's Ginger Man, Olympia also printed numerous exuberantly pornographic works penned pseudonymously by members of the Paris expatriate community, as well as avant-garde and controversial works by prominent Beat writers including William S. Burroughs and Gregory Corso. Scarce: WorldCat locates just three in the U.S. libraries. Publisher's mustard-colored wrappers printed in black, with white stars and bars; extremities rubbed, wrappers a little scuffed, inside like new.

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        Scrapbook for Tamara Toumanova

      1953. CORNELL, Joseph. Original Scrapbook for Tamara Toumanova. Illustrated with 10 original Cornell collages interleaved in coloured and textured papers, constructed of black and white photographs, feathers, fabric from Toumanova's costumes, tulle, plastic, coloured paper, rhinestones, string, etc. Housed in original red-coloured ringbinder with collaged covers by Cornell. Folio, 285 x 230 mm, (exterior measurement of notebook 11 x 9 inches). New York: ca. 1953. Original Collage Scrapbook on Russian ballet star Tamara Toumanova, constructed by Joseph Cornell (1903-1972) in the early 1950s. Ballet was central to both the life and the work of Joseph Cornell. Until the time of his first encounter with Toumanova in 1940, his main preoccupation was with the Romantic ballet. However, once he came under her spell she occupied the main focus of his balletomania for the next thirty years. "The two ballerinas who made the greatest imprint on Cornell's work were Fanny Cerrito [1817-1909] and Tamara Toumanova [1919-1996]. They were his first loves in the ballet, making their entry into his life within a few months of each other, Cerrito in the summer of 1940, Toumanova in the winter of the same year." (Starr, Joseph Cornell and the Ballet, p. 59). Cornell was a frequent visitor to Toumanova's dressing room during the time she danced at the Metropolitan Opera House and for the George Balanchine Company. After Toumanova departed for Hollywood, she and Cornell entered into a lengthy correspondence and the artist presented Toumanova with several of his art works, one being the present album. In all, Cornell constructed over twenty objects of various sorts all inspired by Toumanova and her ballet creations. There were scrapbooks, souvenir cases, classic Cornell boxes, make-up trays, decorated hand-mirrors, etc., each incorporating scenes and objects from her work in Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, and Romeo and Juliet. As Sandra Starr has pointed out, even though she was a living ballerina, as opposed to the dead ones he had previously focused on, Cornell's interest in Toumanova centered on her roles in nineteenth-century ballets and much less on the modern works in which she danced for Balanchine. Original Cornell construction of ten collages on a personal subject close to the artist's heart. With a splendid provenance, beginning with the subject of the construction, Tamara Toumanova herself. Then to the great Cornell collectors, Lindy and Edwin Bergman. Minor signs of wear to extremities of binder, a few leaves with edge wear. PROVENANCE: Tamara Toumanova, who acquired the notebook as a gift from the artist, thence to the Bergman Collection, acquired in 1981; Private Collection. Exhibited: 1.) New York, The Museum of Modern Art and Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago, Joseph Cornell, January-March 1982 (this work exhibited only at the Art Institute of Chicago). 2.) Washington, D.C., National Museum of American Art, Joseph Cornell: An Exploration of Sources, November 1982-February 1983. 3.) Art Institute of Chicago, The Lindy and Edwin Bergman Joseph Cornell Collection, June 1983-October 1989. 4.) Washington, D.C., Smithsonian American Museum of Art; Salem, MA, Peabody Essex Museum of Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Joseph Cornell: Navigating the Imagination, November 2006-January 2008, pp. 282-283, cat. no. 130 (illustrated in colour). References: See, Sandra Leonard Starr, Joseph Cornell and the Ballet, Castelli, 1983, esp. pp. 59-70.

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        House Of Incest

      New York: Anaïs Nin Press. Very Good. c1958. Softcover. An attractive association copy with additional materials signed and inscribed by Anaïs Nin to John Lee Weldon, author of Naked Heart, his gay semi-autobiographical work published in 1953. Lightly tanned in Very Good condition, signed and inscribed "John Lee Weldon; Continue in your; sincere quest for truth". Laid in are the (1) promotional card stock cover, folded and used as a mailer to Weldon with added order information and (2) signed postcard, with an added, handwritten invitation by Nin, "I'm reading at the Irving Theater October 19 at 8:30pm..... Please come, we are showing all of Jan Hugo's films. Come and say hello. Anaïs"; Originally published in 1936 by Siana Editions in Paris, the House of Incest is Anaïs Nin's first work of fiction .

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        Souls in Torment

      London: Perpetua Books,, 1953. With a Preface & a Short Dirge by C. Day Lewis. Quarto. Original grey cloth, gilt lettered spine and front cover. With the dust jacket. Illustrations throughout. Jacket with a few minor tears and some creasing but a very good copy. First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from Ronald Searle, inscribed in his distinctive hand on the front free endpaper: "For Wendy with love from the artist". "Wendy" may be the actress, dancer, and theatre and film director, Wendy Toye (1917-2010) who had collaborated with Searle on a number of theatre projects.

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        LOS PASOS PERDIDOS (THE LOST STEPS)

      Mexico City: Edición y Distribución Ibero Americana de Publicaciones, S.A., 1953. First Edition in Spanish. First Printing, one of 2,000 copies. Octavo; illustrated wrappers with French flaps; 336pp, [1]. Some trivial rubbing along lower edge, with some barely perceptible sunning to spine; very Near Fine, housed in a lovely custom clamshell case by James Tapley. The Cuban author's fourth book, written while living in exile in Caracas, Venezuela, which was the inspiration for the unnamed South American country where much of his novel takes place. A stunning copy of this Latin American highspot, virtually unread, and certainly the best we have seen after years of searching.

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        Molecular structure of nucleic acids. A structure of deoxyribose nucleic acid.

      Offprint from: Nature Vol. 171 (April 25, 1953) , April 25 - A fine signed copy of the famous DNA offprint, signed by Watson and Crick on the first page and thus eminently suited for exhibition. This is the celebrated announcement of the discovery of the structure of DNA, the cornerstone event in modern genetics and biology and one of the greatest scientific discoveries of all time. The first paper in this 3-paper offprint is the original announcement of the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA. The Watson and Crick paper is accompanied by two important related papers on DNA from the same issue of Nature, one by Wilkins, Stokes and Wilson, the other by Franklin and Gosling (containing the famous x-ray photograph of DNA). The offprint is printed from the same type as the journal printing. The article was set in a single column of monotype. The offprint was printed from that monotype, while the journal printing was made in double columns from stereotype plates taken from the monotype. Watson and Crick concluded this paper with a classic understatement: “The structure has novel features which are of considerable biological interest. . . . It has not escaped our notice that the specific pairing we have postulated immediately suggests a possible copying mechanism for the genetic material.” No scientific discovery has ever had such far-reaching implications for the betterment of mankind. In 1962 Watson, Crick, and Maurice Wilkins shared the Nobel Prize for medicine. [with:] WATSON, JAMES D. & FRANCIS CRICK. Signed photograph of Watson and Crick with their three-dimensional model of the double-helix DNA molecule. 8 x 10 in. (image size 8 x 8 1/4 in.). Fine. This the great DNA photograph, signed by Watson and Crick in the white lower margin. This photograph was one of four similar poses made by amateur photographer Anthony Barrington Brown at the Cavendish Laboratory soon after the announcement. Crick concluded his 1962 Nobel lecture, “[I]n spite of the great complexity of protein synthesis and in spite of the considerable technical difficulties in synthesizing polynucleotides with defined sequences it is not unreasonable to hope that all these points will be clarified in the near future, and that the genetic code will be completely established on a sound experimental basis within a few years.” 13, (1) pp. Original self-wrappers. Fine. [Attributes: Signed Copy; Soft Cover]

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        Sicilia

      Assessorato Turismo e Spettacolo - Regione Siciliana.. 1953.. Color lithographic poster, 39 x 24 1/2 inches. Professionally conserved; nine inch tear to centre lower image now scarcely noticeable, creasing and short repaired tears at upper right corner, some soft creases from rolling; bright, clean condition. A stunning and surreal landscape by Mario Puppo featuring a human faced green and red cactus, with white ancient columns and Mt. Etna in the distance. "Saiga gia Barabino & Graeve - Genova" printed in left lower margin. .

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        The Fourier Transform of a Coiled-Coil", AND "The packing of -Helices: Simple Coiled-Coils in Acta Crystallographica, Volume 6, Part 8-9, pp. 678-685 and pp. 689-698

      FIRST EDITION IN PAPER WRAPS OF TWO HISTORIC PAPERS BY FRANCIS CRICK PRESENTING THE FIRST ATTEMPT AT USING SECONDARY-STRUCTURE ELEMENTS TO MODEL THE TERTIARY STRUCTURE OF A PROTEIN - THE ALPHA-HELICAL COILED COIL. "Crick's molecular model for the coiled coil - entailing left-handed supercoils, heptad repeats and knobs-into-holes packing - has been seen as the definitive account of this structure" (Gruber, Another 50th Anniversary, Trends in Biochemical Science, 12, pp. 679). "In these papers, [Crick presents] a parametric model for coiled coils of two and three parallel -helices, supercoiled in the opposite direction of the helices and held together by a defined side-chain packing geometry. Particularly noteworthy is Crick's anticipation that packing would be driven by the hydrophobic nature of side-chains and that, therefore, the sequence of coiled coils would show a periodicity of polar and non-polar residues. This occurred at a time when the biophysics of protein folding were unknown and even the exact sequence of a protein still remained to be determined" (Gruber). "In 1953, Crick and Linus Pauling both proposed models of supercoiled helices… These were the first attempts at modeling the tertiary structure of a protein. Crick emphasized the packing mode of the side-chains ('knobs-into-holes'), which required a periodicity of 7/2 helical turns and a supercoil in the opposite sense of the constituent helices. By contrast, Pauling envisaged a broader set of periodicities and supercoils of both senses" (Gruber). It was Crick's model, however, that "became canonical and [his] 'heptad repeat' [is] essentially synonymous with coiled coils" (ibid). Crick's idea derived "from model-building experiments which show that if the helices are distorted systematically in the manner proposed, the side chains of one helix can be made to interlock with the holes between side chains of its neighbor" (Neurath, 903). In these papers, Crick develops these ideas. In the first, he obtains an expression for and "gives a theory for the Fourier transform of a coiled coil" (ibid). He presents the Fourier transforms for both a continuous coiled-coil, "and for a set of atoms spaced at regular intervals along a coiled-coil" (Crick, 685). In the second paper, Crick "introduces the first packing scheme for helices using a graphical construction referred to as the knobs into holes model" (Ghelis, 68). He "first described how a simplified view of the surface features of an -helix could be seen to restrict the crossing angle of a close-packed pair of helices. If the side chains are considered as simple knobs and the spaces between the knobs as holes, then if a pair of helices is to brought into extended close contact, a series of the knobs must fit into corresponding hole regions. From the geometry of -helices and simplifying assumptions, he derived crossing angles for both parallel and antiparallel helices that would enable this type of packing" (Frishman, Structural Bioinformatics). "Crick's initial communication was a one-page letter in Nature providing barely enough detail to show that he had obtained a parametrization of the coiled coil based on a periodicity of 7/2, which allowed the side-chains to interlock systematically… However, the actual equations, or indeed any explicit mention of the 7/2 periodicity and of the handedness of the supercoil it entails, are missing from [that communication]. All these aspects and more were covered in great detail in [these] two back-to-back papers by Crick in Acta Crystallographica… which still represent the main reference point for the field today" (Gruber). CONDITION & DETAILS: Copenhagen: Munksgaard Ltd. First edition in original wraps. 4to. (256 x 188mm). Pp. 673-752. Meticulously re-backed at the spine with the original spine label. Pristine condition inside and out. Fine.

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        Casino Royale

      London, 1953, 1953. First Impression, First Issue. Publisher's black cloth-effect paper over boards with red titles and 'Heart' design to upper, in pictorial jacket. The book is near fine, with a little toning to the edges of the text block. Jacket is used, but very good, with some chips to the head and tail of the spine and the tips of the jacket flaps at folds; rear panel a little browned and discoloured; spine a little aged. Remains a serviceable original copy, unrestored and with no inscriptions or price-clipping. Housed in a custom-made case. Gilbert A1a (1.1).

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